Okay, I speak from personal experience, the first time I tried Linux was way back in 2015 I think. It was with Ubuntu back then, I installed it on my Aunt's Laptop since she wanted a new Operating System since it was slow and had Windows Vista on it. So, I got to work and I got it installed then I couldn't find anything on how to fix the Wi-Fi card problem. After a few weeks of searching the web I finally found something to help me. It was a very difficult experience, especially since the only way I could search the web for answers was at either the library with their computers or with my phone at some public Wi-Fi. Interestingly enough I did eventually get it working. And that's the end of that story, basically I just wished their was more offline resources is all.
My second experience with Linux went fairly smoothly; I was at work in the Technology Department of my School and they helped me install Ubuntu on a computer that my High School Principal gave me (he gave me two computers, both of which I still have today). It was great.
My third experience with Linux wasn't a good first impression for Zorin OS. I tried to install it and it broke my Laptop's install of Windows 10. So, I had to wipe my entire drive somehow and move on. I think it was mostly caused by user error and me not being careful with how I installed Zorin. At least I backed up my documents beforehand...
Following my bad experience with Zorin OS, I went on to try out Linux Mint. I knew my internet wouldn't be able to handle downloading the large ISO, so I decided I'd try buying a pre-made boot drive with it already on it from the internet. I searched the web aggressively with my other computer only to find a link to a seemingly legit website where they said they wouldn't be selling any more boot drives any more (I forget why). So, I looked on the next best thing (I was a little weary about though) Amazon! And I surprisingly found a good boot drive from there and ordered it. Which brings us to my fourth experience with Linux, this time with Linux Mint and I got the flash drive and plugged it in. Although it wouldn't work, and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why. So, I gave up for a few months out of frustration.
My final and most recent experience with Linux happened yesterday. I decided to try and figure it out since I wanted to try and split rendering loads between my currently active and less powerful windows machine (it's older) and my laptop, but I needed a capable operating system to do so. I grabbed that Linux Mint boot drive (that I thought didn't work) and decided to try it again. This time I was looking in the BIOS I took notice of the fact that in the boot settings there was a Legacy option. So, I enabled that option and walla' it worked! It loaded straight into the Linux Mint OS, so I could try it out. Now keep in mind this spanned the course of multiple hours before I actually noticed the Legacy option. I then searched and searched for solutions to the Wi-Fi card issue (which I was experiencing again) and I finally I just decided to search the house for a Ethernet cable and hook it up to the router. I ran the driver thing and it found the driver. I installed it, updated Linux Mint and the operating system still works. I am using it at this moment to type this out.
Mostly I think a lot of newbie Linux users quit out of frustration.
Salutations good sir/ma'am,
- Johnny Shumway